April 11, 2017 / Property Spotlight

Luxury Edition: Parisian Chic Pied-à-Terre

Set in the chic 16th arrondissement, amid international embassies, this highly luxurious Parisian pied-à-terre stands out from its more traditional neighbors


Place des Etats-Unis is home to a number of embassies, but while its neighbors may be overseas dignitaries, this apartment—on the market with Belles Demeures de France (Daniel Féau Conseil Immobilier), an Affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate—has played host to more fashionable affairs. The legendary French fashion journalist Viviane Blassel used it as the setting for a television series in which she invited famous fashion designers—including Barbara Bui and Nina Ricci’s Guillaume Henry—to join her there as her guests and drink in the exquisite view. “The sunrise from here is wonderful,” says Stéphanie Coutas, designer of the apartment’s current guise.

Finishing touches: Occupying the entire fourth floor of a notable Haussmann building, this exceptional apartment features luxurious materials throughout, from leather and silk, to marble, bronze, and semiprecious stones.Set in the Place des Etats-Unis, a quintessential French garden square surrounded by the ornate stone façades of 19th-century townhouses, it is in the chic 16th arrondissement, close to the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and smart boutiques of Avenue Montaigne, and is the perfect spot from which to explore the city’s renowned museums.

Wherever you are in this apartment, you are surrounded with high-luxury materials, and yet you always feel cozy and joyful.

The entire fourth floor of one house was chosen by the current owners, a Spanish family based in Madrid, as their pied-à-terre. But typically for such buildings, it comprised a labyrinth of high-ceilinged, compact rooms and dark corridors. Until Coutas got her hands on it, that is, taking down walls and expanding doorways, allowing light to flood deep into the new open-plan living areas.

Stéphanie Coutas, designer of the apartment’s current guise is known for her “contemporary grand” style, an aesthetic that chimes with the classic proportions and period details of this four-bedroom apartment, which now has the cachet of a stylish Parisian palace.The contemporary interior is punctuated by breathtaking views of the city's iconic landmarks.

Attention has been paid to every detail, with unique fittings and materials at every turn. There are warm tones and cool colors throughout, from the custom joinery to flooring and finishes. The entrance foyer has a bespoke floor pattern in opal and bronze, along with shimmering mirrors and leather paneling on the walls. An ornate fireplace adds a touch of grandeur to the contemporary living area. Electric curtains and air conditioning mean the perfect living environment comes at just the touch of a button.

The 3,700-square-foot apartment has a master suite with two dressing areas, plus three en suite bedrooms, each with added amenities such as a built-in console or mini bar. A cinema room can be converted into a fourth bedroom, and the property also benefits from a staff room on the building’s sixth floor, as well as a two-car garage nearby. The baths are marble, with specially designed cabinetry, while the master en suite features dressing cabinets with full-height, backlit doors in platinum leaf and bronze, with a center cabinet in leather and bronze, as well as a soothing, indulgent steam room. “Wherever you are in this apartment, you are surrounded with high-luxury materials and details, and yet you always feel cozy and joyful,” Coutas says.

Unique vision: Renowned interior designer Stéphanie Coutas introduced statement artworks and bespoke elements to the apartment, such as an integrated original video installation, as well as incorporating a music and video system throughout.The tree-lined Place des Etats-Unis was created during the major 19th-century renovation of Paris, carried out by Georges-Eugène Haussmann for Emperor Napoléon III. In the 1880s, US ambassador Levi P Morton moved into the square, and his arrival was followed by a number of other foreign embassies that are still located here today.

Photography by Francis Amiand

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Clare Dowdy
writes about design for Monocle, Wallpaper*, and the Financial Times